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Fintech quarterly round-up: April – June 2018

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This quarterly round-up looks into some of the main regulatory developments and trends in fintech regulation during the second quarter of 2018. The previous edition of this briefing for January to March 2018 can be found here. Evolution of ICOs  The market for initial coin offerings (ICOs) continues to develop despite increased regulatory scrutiny. As […]


Brexit: Some clarity on financial services

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Following the EU Withdrawal Bill officially becoming law, HM Treasury (HMT) published its approach to financial services legislation in the lead up to and immediately following Brexit.  In coordination with that publication, the Bank of England and Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) also published their own statements providing further detail on their roles under the proposed […]


Smart contracts: are they as smart as they sound?

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Smart contracts are one of the major developments arising out of the distributed ledger and are intended to simplify how contracts are made and executed.   This briefing considers what they are and how they fit into the law of contract. Smart contracts: are they as smart as they sound? (click for PDF of briefing) Charles […]


New rules for Authorised Fund Managers

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The Asset Management Market Study carried out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) raised concerns about weak price competition and the ability of investors to seek the best value. Therefore the FCA has decided to introduce new rules and guidance applicable to authorised fund managers (AFMs) in respect of their management of authorised funds subject […]


Fintech quarterly round up: January – March 2018

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This quarterly round-up looks into some of the main regulatory developments and trends in fintech regulation during the first quarter of 2018. Moves to regulate The appetite of governments and supervisors to regulate the crypto-world is increasing and, although short-term the position remains uncertain, it is clear that regulation is on its way. Within the […]


Fladgate advises London & Regional on Hilton Park Lane refinancing

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Fladgate LLP has acted for London & Regional on the finance aspects of the refinancing of the Hilton, Park Lane. The hotel is Hilton’s flagship in London, opening in 1963. The 28 storey hotel includes a Michelin starred restaurant, Galvin at Windows on the top floor. The refinancing was by way of a senior facility […]


Personal recommendations – when investment advice gets personal

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Recent amendments to the scope of the regulated activity of advising on investments now make a distinction between “general advice” and “personal recommendations”. The FCA has recently issued some further guidance (PS18/3: Perimeter guidance on personal recommendations on retail investments) which provides some indications of the type of activities which, in the view of the FCA, […]


Fintech regulation: Looking ahead to 2018

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2017 was an exciting year for fintech but 2018 promises to be even more eventful.  This briefing considers some of the regulatory developments that took place in 2017 and what these are likely to mean for fintech regulation in 2018. Please see link below for full briefing. Fintech regulation: Looking ahead to 2018   Charles […]


Taking responsibility: the FCA’s Senior Managers and Certification Regime

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The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recently consulted on replacing its Approved Persons Regime with the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) for all FCA solo-regulated financial services firms.  The aim of the SM&CR is to improve accountability within financial services firms and to raise standards of conduct.  The SM&CR was originally introduced for banks […]


Brexit and planning for the unknown in IT

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Introduction As is beginning to become apparent, Brexit has wide-ranging consequences in many commercial and business areas. This is equally true in the sphere of data protection, where much of the applicable legislation has developed at an EU level.  This is readily understandable, given (i) the wide-ranging technological advances that have occurred since the UK […]


Fladgate acts on the refinancing of London & Regional’s headquarters

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Fladgate LLP has acted for London & Regional on the finance aspects of the refinancing of 55 Baker Street, a 530,749 sq ft prime office building owned and managed by London & Regional. The central London property serves as London & Regional’s London headquarters and includes tenants such as BDO, Knight Frank and Oliver Wyman. […]


Fladgate co-sponsors evening for the Monetary Law Committee

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Fladgate LLP is pleased to announce that it has co-sponsored an evening reception and dinner for the Monetary Law Committee of the International Law Association. The event takes place at Gray’s Inn Hall, London on Thursday 6 July. The reception and dinner forms a part of the proceedings of the current meeting of the Monetary […]